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Comment Re:They are even dumber than they seem. (Score -1) 936

Based on what? Carbon dating is severely flawed. You can run the same artifact through the process and get results that vary by billions of years. It's a method that's practically useless. Those numbers are based on what someone with an agenda wants people to think. No one really knows for sure. Science has not been science for a very long time. The idea of testing a theory using a rational methodology to arrive at an accurate conclusion and accepting the resulting data used to be the way we got to specific conclusion. Now it's more like who's providing your funding, what is their political / financial motivation, and what results would they like you to produce. See dissenting scientists who have been blackballed for supporting conflicting ideas about MMGW, or ID for evidence. From what I could tell they had better and more accurate research, but were shut down because they went against the mainstream ideaology. Now ACE using Nessie to support creationism is absurd, but it's equally absurd to espouse macro evolution as fact in a scientific environment. The evidence is pretty flimsy, and mired in overtly manipulated scientific results.

Comment Re:Good news (Score -1) 530

As much as I fear you're right this really really irritates me. Hardware should be independent from software. If I buy a device it's mine. It does not belong to Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any other corporate entity. Even if Microsoft sells at a loss to generate market share they still get the sale, they still get to count that device, so why should they care what I run on it?

Comment Flawed logic (Score -1) 351

I'm no fan of Obama, but I think Stuxnet was a good move. It set Iran back years without having to take military action. That's awesome. To say that it's going to start a period of escalation is a bit naive. It has already been moving in that direction for years. China, N. Korea, Russia just to name a few all have departments in their military devoted to cyberwarfare. That cat was out of the bag long before Stuxnet came along. Honestly I'd rather fight with computers than nukes any day.

Comment Re:China (Score 0) 79

They are supposedly an ally in the war on terror. But if you pay attention you'll find that they are not exactly our friends. They have been very difficult in allowing us to pursue terrorists that like to hop between their border and Afghanistan. They say they are our friends, but everytime we need something from them they throw obsticles in our way. Did you happen to see what happened to the doctor from there that helped us track down BinLaden? They expediciously put him in jail on charges of treason. Not exactly an indication of friendship. Additionally, they have blocked our supply routes and are charging us $5k per truck to let supplies through, or forcing us to circumnavigate their country. No Pakistan is not our friend.

Comment That's nonsense (Score 0) 511

I'd like to think that as a country we've come to the point where racisim is far less of a factor than things like policy position, character, and record. Based on those things (in my opinion) Obama should have never been elected to office. It seemed like around the time of the election most of the people throwing race around were those for Obama essentially saying that if you disagree with his politics that you must be a racist. To me it's highly dishonest and indicative of the fact that Obama more likely won precisesly because of racism and "white guilt" than because of his merrits as a potential presidential candidate.

Comment Re:STFU and give us free music (Score -1) 567

Well mostly because it really doesn't take much talent to be a janitor or a bus driver (plumber - well that takes a certain amount of skill but those guys also make pretty good money), whereas the other, requires a certain gift that few people have. Additionally, those occupations don't really have a huge amount of risk. If you are a janitor and can empty a trash can and mop the floor, you can get a job and make enough money to get by. Lots of people need your services. It's not like the music industry where success is so fickle and based largely on luck. I've been listening to David Lowery since I was in high school. He's incredibly talented, and someone of his stature ought to be able to make a living selling music. If he (and others like him) can't do that you will see the further decline of music that has been so prevalent over the past decade. So in a nutshell, we don't really need it, but it helps if you love good music and would like to continue to see fresh ideas come to fruition.

Comment Well he's got a point but... (Score -1) 266

Coming from the perspective of directly working on the critical infrastructure I can say he's both right and wrong. There is certainly plenty to worry about. The critical infrastructure is being attacked everyday (mostly by nation states). However, the political solutions really do nothing to resolve the issue. It's mostly like he said about making money for the vendors selling "solutions", and government agencies. In our case, we are required (by federal regulations) to share data with other utilities necessitating a connection from our internal control systems to the outside world. The government has made all of these rules that we must comply with. Many of them make sense like patching the OS and third party software, having backups in place, malware prevention, monitoring equipment, etc. However, if we were to have something like stuxnet that was below the radar and sat there for years none of that would be much help, and that's really the most likely scenario. For now at least the government seems more interested in fining companies than they are ensuring their security. These fines cannot be recovered from rate payers, but how long before companies throw in the towel because they can't make a profit anymore? How long before shareholders dump their stock and move on to something more lucrative? When that happens who provides water, electricity, gas service, etc? It's pretty scary when you think about it.

Comment Gee.... (Score -1) 646

How might that power be abused. Setting aside partisan politics for a moment I can't see how anyone would think this is a good idea. Even if the goal is to intercept terrorist communications (which sounds more like a dubious excuse than an explanation), what's to stop the terrorists from using end to end encryption?

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